Middle School Choir is going to be amazing this year! This will be an excellent opportunity for us to develop our voices and prepare to perform at our highest level. We have a few set concert dates but I would like to add more as opportunities arise. A website will be set up for our choir to establish a clear line of communication
Concert Dates November 7th -Fall Concert-7:00 pm at LHWHS- PAC (Singers arrive at 6:15) December 7th - Sixth Grade Demo Concert-–LMS Gym (IN SCHOOL CONCERT, 6TH GRADE ONLY) January 11th - 8th Grade Field Trip to Cathedral Basilica for performance by Missouri State University Concert Chorale January 12th - St. Louis All Suburban Honor Choir - Ritenour High School, 9:00 AM (Selected 8th grade Students Only) February 26th - District Honor Choir Festival- Logan College - 7:00 pm (Singers arrive by 6:15) April 10th -Spring Concert - 6:30 pm at LHWHS- PAC (Singers arrive at 6:00) April 13th - Solo/Ensemble Festival- at Holman Middle School- All Day- (Selected 8th graders only)
General Expectations for Middle School Choir Class
Participate in All Activities
Practice Your Music
Vocal Music Attendance Policy It is important for students to be in class each day. Choir rehearsals are daily performances and all students are expected to be in attendance.
Unexcused absences will not be tolerated and will require parent notification.
Students will receive 1 class period to turn in assignments/take tests missed during their excused absence.
Tardies will result in a loss of participations points for the day.
Absences to performances should be avoided at all costs. Parents must contact the director by phone/e-mail prior to the concert for absences related to illness. Students must indicate on the vocal music contract any known scheduling conflicts. There will be no make-up concert assignment for unexcused absence.
Vocal Music is a performing art and there are limited performing opportunities! Students must participate in the act of performing and listening/watching to fully realize and experience the musical and aesthetic values of the discipline.
Below are concert dress guidelines. If the clothing requirements are a problem in any way, please contact me early on so we may come to a solution. The school dress code still applies. Gentleman: Black dress pants (no jeans), black shoes and black socks, black dress shirt (no logos), and no hair covering the face. Ladies: Black skirt (preferably knee length) or black pants (no jeans), black shoes, a black top that covers the shoulders (no logos), and no hair covering the face.
Be on time!
2. Be prepared: Bring folder, music and pencil.
3. No headphones, cell phones, gum, candy, food or drink (water bottle is OK) 4. Proper use of class time 5. Respect the rights, safety and property of others 6. Be positive about yourself and others 7. Practice- at least 30 minutes a day
Behavior Policy Ladue Choir students are usually model citizens, but the following actions will be taken if a student is acting inappropriately in class. 1st Offense: Student will be asked to leave the room and the instructor will meet the student after class for a discussion about their behavior. Student’s parents will be notified by phone or email about the student’s inappropriate behavior. 2nd Offense: Student will be removed from the classroom and referred to the principal’s office. A phone call will be made to the student’s parents informing them that the student has been referred to the office. 3rd Offense: Student will be sent to the principal’s office for disciplinary action. The student’s parents will be called and asked to schedule an appointment with the director to discuss their student’s participation in choir activities.
Why Study Music?
Music is a Science. It is exact, specific, and demands exact acoustics. A conductor’s score is a chart, or graph, which indicates frequencies intensities, volume changes, melody, and harmony all at once and with the most exact control of time.
Music is Mathematical. Rhythmically, it is based on divisions of time into precise fractions, which must be done instantaneously, not worked out on paper.
Music is a Foreign Language. Most of the terms are in Italian, German or French. The notation is certainly not in English but a highly development kind of shorthand that uses symbols to represent ideas. Music itself is the most complete and universal language.
Music is History. Music reflects the environment and time of its creation, including its national and ethnic sources.
Music is Physical Education. It requires great coordination of fingers, hands, arms, lip cheek, and facial muscles, and extraordinary control of the back, stomach, and chest muscles, which respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the mind interprets.
Music develops insight and demands research. Organized, independent thought is required.
Music is all of these things, but most of all, Music is Art. It allows a human being to take all these technical terms, facts, and techniques and use them to create emotion. That is one thing science cannot duplicate: Humanism, feeling, emotion, call it what you will. Organized, independent thought is required.
Did you know… Singing is a skill that requires highly developed muscle reflexes.
Singing does not require much muscle strength, but it does require a high degree of muscle coordination. Individuals can develop their voices further through the careful and systematic practice of both songs and vocal exercises.
Tone deafness affects less than 2% of the population. Many people who say they cannot “Carry a tune in a bucket” can; they simply lack experience and coordination of the vocal mechanism and their ear.
Normally, a person of exceptional ability should be able to sing two and a half octaves without straining, breaking, or any other disruptions in the sound. There are various sets of muscles that control the vocal folds. The farther away from one’s optimum pitch, the more delicate the balancing act between those muscles.
The female voice can take up to four years to fully change and generally begins between the ages of 10 and 14. Females go through their growth spurts approximately two years before males. Many physical changes occur which include a size increase of the larynx in thickness and length.
Psychophysically, artful singing is the dynamic (ever changing) act of coordinating instantaneously the physical sensations of respiration (the will to breathe), phonation (the will to utter a sound), resonation (the will to form a particular vowel position) and articulation (the will to communicate by forming both vowel and consonant) into a disciplined utterance.
The vocal folds are not muscles. In fact, they are soft tissue. As the name ‘soft tissue’ implies, your vocal folds are quite fragile. Therefore, it’s no use to force the vocal folds with too much air. Less air is needed to sing higher notes because less of the vocal fold is opening and closing
2018-2019 Vocal Music Contract Leah M. Alrutz, Vocal Music Director Ladue Middle School Lalrutz@ladueschools.net
I __________________________ have read the vocal music course description and attendance policy. I am aware of the responsibilities and expectations required of a vocal music student. I will work my hardest to live up to the standards set forth in the vocal music department. I have checked the calendar and have noted any conflicts that I may have with scheduled vocal music events below.
I understand that vocal music concerts are an important part of the vocal music program. Absences from performances should be avoided at all costs. For absences related to illness or emergencies, I will contact Mrs. Alrutz
I will be responsible for all equipment, folders, music, CD’s, books, costumes, and any other vocal department supplies that are assigned to me.